WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) joined their colleagues to file an amicus brief in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar), the case brought by several Republican Attorneys General and the Trump Administration to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. California v. Texas is currently pending before the Supreme Court and represents a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act and health care coverage for millions of Americans.
“To dismantle the Nation’s health care system at any time would be perilous. To do so during a global pandemic, when millions have lost work and the ACA provides an alternative to employer-based health insurance, would trigger even greater chaos,” the lawmakers wrote in the brief.
“Invalidating the ACA would profoundly harm those who already face barriers to care, including older Americans, those facing economic hardship, women, and individuals with pre-existing conditions. Such a result would be particularly devastating amidst a health crisis whose most deadly effects have been concentrated among many of these groups,” continued the lawmakers.
The full Senate Democrats’ amicus brief can be read here.
BACKGROUND: At least 282,000 Nevadans are at risk of losing their health care coverage, along with millions of Americans across the country, if the Affordable Care Act is overturned.
Were Republicans to succeed in sabotaging Americans’ health care, approximately 20 million Americans would lose their health insurance in the first year alone and the pre-existing condition protections of more than 100 million Americans would be eliminated. Premiums would increase for millions more, and prescription drug costs would skyrocket, particularly for millions of seniors.